Tuesday 12th March
Early start for me this morning, I need to get to Olympia first thing. This year, for the first time, we have decided to offer alcoholic drinks for afternoon meetings (hic!). So there I am, 2 wheelie suitcases filled up with Wine and Beer (and bottles of water) chinking and rattling as I walk along!
The stand looks resplendent this morning. Simon arrived just before me and has switched on all of the candles and lights. We did have an overnight casualty, one of our Limited Edition Collector’s versions of the Ringo Starr book has been knocked on the floor and is looking very dented and ripped and generally in a bad way, but a quick call to the office and a new one is on its way – so all is good.
I reckon everyone must have been standing at the entrance like race horses in a starting gate – for as soon as the ‘The book fair is officially open’ tannoy message went out, it felt as though it was heaving and it was pretty much non-stop for the whole day.
8 meetings for me today, on and off of the stand, giving me a chance to have a good look around and take in the atmosphere of the place. Great News – everyone seems to love the new stand. It certainly has the ‘WOW’ factor this year.